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Bantering Points: 10/9/19

Jaromir Jagr Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images

Can you believe Jaromir Jagr wore that monstrosity masquerading as a hockey sweater when he first arrived in New York? No? Neither can I. Anyway, here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers’ revamped defense corps have made the most of their chances in David Quinn’s system (NY Post)
  • Brett Cyrgalis cites the Vladislav Namestnikov trade as a golden opportunity to show what they’re made of once they actually get recalled to the NHL (NY Post)
  • Vincent Mercogliano hears that while Mika Zibanejad’s hot start has made caught the attention of the league at large, his teammates aren’t surprised by his performance (LoHud)
  • Sean Hartnett believes that Zibanejad’s hot start will translate into a career year so long as his health allows it (WFAN)
  • Colin Stephenson heard Jeff Gorton’s thoughts on dealing Namestnikov to the Ottawa Senators (Newsday)
  • Steve Paulus reminisces on the deals of trade deadlines past (Blue Line Station)
  • Frank Curto relays word of how some minor offseason changes have made a major impact on Zibanejad’s game (Elite Sports NY)
  • Dominick Renna notes that unlike previous stars arriving on Broadway, Artemi Panarin has had a seamless transition into Rangerstown (Elite Sports NY)
  • Ed Stein thinks that the Rangers’ defensive struggles could be their downfall if they don’t change things up (Empire Writes Back)
  • Media Availability: Lias Andersson (1:41) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Haley Van Horn reports that the San Jose Sharks have agreed to a pro-rated one year, $700,000 contract with forward Patrick Marleau (Fear The Fin)
  • James O’Brien ponders if last night’s four goal outburst from Edmonton Oilers’ forward James Neal determined the winner of the Neal for Milan Lucic swap that took place over the summer (NBC Sports)
  • Elliotte Friedman authors another edition of 31 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • Ryan Kennedy lists 100 NCAA players to keep an eye on as the 2019-20 season chugs along (The Hockey News)